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Mexican Tin & Arturo Sosa

Arturo Sosa makes most of the tinwork in the Buena Mano collection. Having won 1st place in metalwork at Mexico’s 32nd National Competition of Folk Art in 2007, Arturo is one of the most highly acclaimed tin artisans in Mexico.

Arturo began working with tin at the age of 13. He continues to this day with what Patricia calls "the energy of a devil and the inspiration of an angel."

Arturo maintains a workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he creates everything from milagros the size of 50-cent pieces to enormous one-of-a kind sculptures and decorative items. His work is included in many private and institutional collections, including that of the Louvre, for which he created a panorama depicting the French Revolution.

What makes Arturo’s tin work stand out from the rest?

Highest-quality materials: Arturo only uses the highest grade of tin and a particular type of Mexican automobile paint to give his work a wonderful, translucent appearance.

Every piece by hand: Every piece of tin is cut, hammered, repoussed, and painted by hand.

Collaboration and innovation: Patricia and Arturo have been working together since the early 1980s. Although much of his work is based on traditional milagro designs, many pieces are inventions of Arturo and/or Patricia. Their collaboration over many years has produced some remarkable results and driven innovation in the art of tin.

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